I recently had the chance to check out some of the Top Ten 2012 Gold Start Award Winners of the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS), including The Princess Fairy Castle by Playmobil.
The NETS annual Gold Star Award products are toys that are tested by real kids and parents, and they have been described as ‘a great find’ and ‘the perfect fit’. These toys and games earn recognition based on their ‘exceptional’ play value, durability and safety. They are the toys and games that kids continue to play with long after they are ‘new’.
The Princess Fairy Castle is manufactured by Playmobil, the largest toy manufacturer in Germany. Playmobil has been producing and distributing toys for more than 36 years and it distributes its toys in more than 70 countries all over the world.
The Playmobil Princess Fairy Castle has been design to “WOW” little ones and to allow them to create their own regal fantasy world in the comfort of their own home. The castle measures 29.5 x 28 x 26 inches (L x W x H) and features a gilded entrance gate, a grand staircase, a ballroom with a revolving dance floor, a tower’s secret hiding place and lots of other little rooms.
This castle set also includes two figures, a throne, chairs, chaise, chandelier, jewelry box, tea set, goblets, flower bushes, and a life-size tiara, bracelet, and ring. During play children can store the jewels in the tower’s secret hiding place or wear the jewels if they wish.
The Princess Fairy Castle is recommended for ages four to ten and it offers children imaginative play experiences that help foster creativity and develop important cognitive and social skills. I love all of the little details that make the castle realistic and fun. There are vibrant colors on the walls, the curtains are made of fabric with little ropes to hold them open and the hanging chandelier is gorgeous. Doors and windows can open, close/lock and there are many highly detailed rooms to explore.
The two figurines included are also highly detailed. They are both about 3″ tall and can stand up, they sit and you can move their arms and legs. The royal princess has a removable skirt that snaps on and off so she can dance or dress casually depending on the mood. The royal prince has a really cool suit on as well. I personally wish the castle came with more than two figurines but you can always purchase more (inexpensive).
Assembly time for the Princess Fairy Castle was about two and a half hours as there were many small pieces to locate and fit together. There were also stickers that had to be added and everything came divided in sections with little bags for each one.
I found that the instructions were easy to understand and even though it was a lot of work to assemble everything the final look of the castle made it all worth it. If you are purchasing this castle as a present I definitively recommend you assemble it the night before so your child doesn’t have to wait while you put it all together.
The Princess Fairy Castle is part of a larger line of Playmobil toys and you can purchase some other small sets to complete all of the rooms in the castle. Each set is sold separately.
The Playmobil Princess Fairy Castle is made with high quality materials, it is really stunning and we love the attention to detail put into it. I recommend this if you are looking for a creative toy for your little one that will provide endless hours of fun. Great holiday gift idea!
Warning: Choking Hazard. Contains a small ball and small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Ages: 4+
Suggested Retail Price: $179.99*
Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate this post. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.